”THE truth is rarely pure and never simple.” Well, in the case of foodbanks, it just is. The people who use them are hungry and desperate. The reason that there are now more foodbanks is that more people are hungry and desperate. Stung by government attacks that they were just do-gooders, allowing t...
THE great outdoors is not always what it’s cracked up to be. The idea that children can play outside with the freedom of the Famous Five in an idyllic Enid Blyton landscape belongs, sadly, to the pages of fiction
EVEN the President-elect, a climate scientist said last week, “doesn’t have the power to change the laws of physics”. He does, though, have the power to ignore them. After all, there will soon be plenty more sand in which to bury one’s head
WE ARE taught that perfect love casts out fear. It is also true that fear can cast out love. During the run-up to the United States presidential election, it became clear that many American citizens are deeply fearful for their economic and national security
TOWARDS the end of the past century, the Parish Communion movement had created a widespread model for mission in Anglican parishes. The goal, if not always the entire pattern, was determined by a Sunday-morning eucharist at which most of the adults communicated
WE HAVE stopped counting women bishops in the C of E. Although there will be many “firsts” in dioceses over the coming years, at a national level the nomination of a woman bishop is already unremarkable. Not so in the Church in Wales, which this week announced that Canon Jo Penberthy is to be the ne...
THE liberation of Bartella, a small town ten miles from the Islamic State stronghold in Mosul, has brought a glimmer of hope for Iraqi Christians who have been exiled in their own country since IS fighters took control of large tracts of Iraq in 2014
THERE were 14 on Tuesday. There might be “up to 300” by this time next week. The numbers of refugees allowed into Britain from Calais continue to underwhelm, given the size of the problem across Europe — a continent to which Britain still belongs, by the way
IT IS, perhaps, surprising that first US presidential race to involve a woman candidate has not been more about gender
ANOTHER finely balanced popular vote, another country plunged into uncertainty and confusion. The financial chaos that looms for post-Brexit Britain is as nothing compared with the political chaos that threatens Colombia after the rejection this week of a peace agreement
THE Mothers’ Union is celebrating its 140th anniversary this year. It founder, Mary Sumner, held the first meeting in her Hampshire rectory in 1876, although the idea did not really catch on till she spoke at the Portsmouth Congress in 1885, and dioceses around the country began to sign up. In 1905,...